Archive for February, 2008
One of our favorite painters on the scene today, Brooklyn-based MARK DEAN VECA has just debuted an eponymous collection of new work at Bern, Switzerland's renegade MILIEU GALLERY that showcases his trademark intricately detailed large-scale paintings that hide an encyclopedia of Pop Culture references within their Baroque patterning. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Superhuman Supertouch buddy LANCE ARMSTRONG checks in from Hawaii where he's been training solo for the past few weeks with photos of this close-encounter with a full-size Humpback Whale & his six-man canoe crew. What the photog missed, of course, was the shot of Lance jumping from the canoe onto the beast's back and riding him down to the sea floor and back while holding his breath...
London-based graffiti artist INSA truly transcended the medium when his solo show, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Buy My LoveÃ¢â‚¬Â opened at GlasgowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s RECOAT GALLERY in Glasgow, Scotland last week. Large-scale canvases glorifying the female form dominated the space and the artistÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s legendary foot and sneaker fetishism was evident throughout, most notably in his custom painted womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s high heels. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
The dynamic & extremely hairy art duo of Sam & Tury, aka: FRIENDS WITH YOU had to literally fend off a legion of zombie fanboys and girls who flooded the pair's release party for their new series of Strangeco produced children's toys, "Wish Come True" at NY's YOYAMART on Saturday. Spilling out of the shop onto the street for the better part of three hours in the bitter winter cold, it would seem that Hannah Montana was autographing the vinyl baubles, but fans knew better and weathered the queue to get within crotch-grabbing distance of their furry heroes. The afterparty was even better (hot girls actually came). HAVE A LOOK: Read More
The fabled EAMES PLYWOOD ELEPHANT was a children's toy conceived in 1945 by the iconic modernist design duo of CHARLES & RAY EAMES but never put into formal production. Now, in the centennial anniversary year of Charles' birth the family, in conjunction with VITRA, has finally put the holy grail toy into production in an extremely limited edition. To further commemorate the centennial anniversary and the elephant's release, the designers' grandson EAMES DEMETRIOS created "A Gathering of Elephants," a stop-motion animated film starring, you guessed it, the mini plywood titans...
...of some weird Nickelodeon kid's program called "The Amanda Show" that ran 8 years ago? You be the judge...
French arthouse director MICHEL GONDRY calls DEITCH PROJECTS home when he's in NYC, so it made perfect sense upon his newest film's release this week, "Be Kind, Rewind," that he should recreate the movie's artfully low-fi sets within Deitch's cavernous exhibition space and allow fans to run amok, shooting their very own movies as they went, thus transforming the art world into a "fun" place, if only for one nite. Gondry's transformation of the space was complete, right down to the gallery's facade which became the movie's video store for the occasion and in turn drew a line more than a block long that lasted throughout the evening, despite the subzero temperatures outside. That's dedication. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
With a second baby in the cradle and a metabolism fast approaching middle-age, we're not guessing that you'll find street art legend SHEPARD FAIREY in the saddle of a road bike anytime soon (unless it's in his imagination) but with the release of FUJI's new OBEY collaborative fixed gear, he might just be able to get his legion of zombie followers to get out and do it for him. Available now as a limited-edition release, we're sad to report that the bike's $1,500 pricetag doesn't buy you a rack to carry your posters and wheatpaste on. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Here at Supertouch we were incredibly disheartened to hear that one of our favorite artists, JOHN COPELAND had suffered a serious motorcycle crash last month that's left him in the hospital for an extended stay while he recuperates from a host of severe injuries. Luckily, our man is expected to make a full recovery but time spent in the hospital is time wasted when you've got a big gallery show coming up in the Fall. In the meantime, have a look at his work, which includes drawings, large-scale paintings, and series of phenomenally illustrated personal journals, and website to discover one of Brooklyn's hidden talents. Besides drawing and painting, Johnnie can build a mean bike too, it's just riding them that causes problems. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
The high-end artist collaboration scene is a hotbed of activity these days, and the latest pairing to raise our eyebrows comes from the fashion world with MARC JACOBS' new Spring/Summer ad campaign featuring director/photographer/streetwise auteur HARMONY KORINE in images shot by renowned German fashion photographer JURGEN TELLER. An unlikely choice, perhaps, but Marc is known for pulling out the wild card for his signature brand, and this campaign is definitely about vibe over productÃ¢â‚¬Â¦